A brilliant hundred by Manjot Kalra and some fine bowling earlier in the day enabled India beat Australia by eight wickets and win the ICC Under-19 World Cup final in Mount Maunganui, New Zealand, on Saturday.
Chasing 217 for victory after Australia elected to bat in the final, India hit up with required runs easily and won with 11.1 overs to spare.
Kalra was unbeaten on 101 in the company of Harvik Desai (47).
The Rahul Dravid-coached side thus became the first team in the history of the event to win the crown for a record fourth time.
The triumph put skipper Prithvi Shaw, already being seen as the next big thing in Indian cricket, alongside the likes of Mohammad Kaif (2002), Virat Kohli (2008) and Unmukt Chand (2012) who led teams to the Under-19 World Cup title previously.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to Team India’s victory in the final:
— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) February 3, 2018
— BCCI (@BCCI) February 3, 2018
WITH GREAT TEAM WORK, BIG DREAMS WORK. Congratulations to our WORLD CHAMPIONS!! We are proud of you. A big congratulations to Rahul and Paras for their guidance. #ICCU19CWC #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/w0heorY8g6
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) February 3, 2018
Soaring high and how! What a win in the #U19CWC. Congratulations boys!
— cheteshwar pujara (@cheteshwar1) February 3, 2018
— Venky Mysore (@VenkyMysore) February 3, 2018
— Russel Arnold (@RusselArnold69) February 3, 2018
Congratulations India! Winners of the @ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2018! Well done to all the teams, all the sponsors, and all the fans for a great World Cup! Crickets future is in strong hands! #U19CWC #FutureStars
— Corey Anderson (@coreyanderson78) February 3, 2018
— Robin Aiyuda Uthappa (@robbieuthappa) February 3, 2018
Every Indian is delighted, all credit to Rahul Dravid for committing himself to these young kids ,and a legend like him deserves to lay his hands on the WC. Only Fitting. #INDvAUS
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) February 3, 2018
What a moment for these boys. Feel so so happy for them and am reminded of our triumph 18 years ago. Great effort by Rahul Dravid and these guys have a great future. #under19worldcup pic.twitter.com/Cu2Mrm2FJ4
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) February 3, 2018
— ian bishop (@irbishi) February 3, 2018
— Dhawal Kulkarni (@dhawal_kulkarni) February 3, 2018
Congratulations Superstars!! It was definitely a result of a lot of hard work put together, no doubt. You guys were incredible from ball one of the tournament. Cherish these moments, celebrate hard, You guys deserved it 🤙🏆 IndVsAus #U19WorldCupFinal
— Murali Vijay (@mvj888) February 3, 2018
Great work by the U-19 team to remain undefeated in the World Cup. Truly deserving winners. Your work has just begun, enjoy this moment!
A special shoutout to #RahulDravid who has continuously worked hard behind the scenes to help this team achieve its true potential. #ICCU19CWC
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) February 3, 2018
Congratulations to the Indian team on dominating the #U19WorldCup and being the deserved champions. Everyone stood up and maintained the intensity throughout the tournament. Truly memorable win. Cherish and soak in this moment. #INDvAUS
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) February 3, 2018